Improving Mining Equipment Safety Through Human-Centered Design

Timothy Horberry, Robin Burgess-Limerick, Tristan Cooke, Lisa Steiner

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The need for human-centered design in the mining industry to help develop safe and fit-for-purpose equipment is first described. A tool that was specifically developed for mobile mining equipment by the authors and colleagues is introduced; it combines the application of participatory ergonomics, qualitative risk management, and safe design. A case study using this tool for mobile mining equipment access and egress is then presented. The case study shows that focusing on end users and their tasks by means of a structured, human-centered process can help to produce safer redesigns of mining equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalErgonomics in Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • ANSI Z590.3
  • bulldozer
  • equipment egress
  • human-centered design
  • ISO 9241
  • mining
  • mobile equipment
  • occupational risk
  • participatory design
  • risk management
  • safe design
  • workplace hazard

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